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Mission Viejo resident David Heron won the men’s 5- kilometer race Sunday at USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Castaic Lake, finishing 0.33 seconds ahead of Andrew Gemmell of Wilmington, Delaware.

Heron completed the three-lap race on a 1.66-kilometer course in 57 minutes, 25.75 seconds for his second national championship in the event. He also won in 2012. Gemmell was timed in 57:26.08.

Heron and Gemmell both qualify for the FINA World Championships, whose 5- kilometer open water race will be held July 15 in Budapest, Hungary.

The 22-year-old Heron recently completed his redshirt junior season at Tennessee. He graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2013.

Former USC standout Haley Anderson won the women’s 5-kilometer race, 1.58 seconds ahead of Italian Olympic silver medalist Rachele Bruni.

Anderson won in 1:01.52.23, two days after finishing second in the 10- kilometer race.  Anderson was a silver medalist in the 2012 Olympics in the 10- kilometer race. This is Anderson’s fourth national championship in the event. She won the event at the last two world championships — 2013 and 2015.

Bruni was timed in 1:01.53.81. She won a silver medal in the 10- kilometer race in the 2016 Olympics.

Ashley Twichell of Fayetteville, New York was the second American to finish, coming in fourth in 1:01.55.87. She joined Anderson in qualifying for the event at the FINA World Championships July 19. Twichell won the women’s 10- kilometer race Friday.

—City News Service

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